Open letter to The President, Prime Minister, Interior Ministry, Chief Justice, Chief Ministers, and heads of all political parties, Pakistan

(From Citizens for Democracy)

March 9, 2011: Over 300 prominent individuals – academics, columnists, writers, doctors, lawyers, businessmen and women, IT professionals, students, journalists and others – from Pakistan and elsewhere (including India, France, Italy, USA, UK, Canada) besides over 80 organisations from Pakistan and abroad have endorsed this Open letter to The President, Prime Minister, Interior Ministry, Chief Justice, Chief Ministers and heads of all political parties, Pakistan to protest the murder of Federal Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti and demand action against calls for violence and vigilante action. Please share with friends. We will continue to include endorsements (with NAME, PROFESSION & CITY) made through the comments section of this post, or via email to If anyone wants to translate it and circulate, please feel free to do so. Thank you.

Open letter to The President, Prime Minister, Interior Ministry, Chief Justice, Chief Ministers, and heads of all political parties, Pakistan

Re: Murder of Shahbaz Bhatti and demand for action against calls for violence and vigilante action

The murder of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Minority Affairs, again highlights the rampant lawlessness in Pakistan and the impunity with which the “forces of violence” act against “whoever stands against their radical philosophy,” to quote the late Mr Bhatti. These “forces” find fertile ground to operate in an atmosphere where calls to vigilante action are publically made and celebrated.

We urge the government and its functionaries to swiftly apprehend, charge, try and punish Mr Bhatti’s murderers, and also to take immediate measures to curb this trend.

We urge all political parties and parliamentarians to take a clear stand on this issue: No citizen has the right to cast aspersions at the faith and beliefs of any other citizen or to term someone else a ‘blasphemer’.

We urge the federal and provincial governments, the judiciary and the security and law enforcement agencies to ensure protection for those, like former information minister Sherry Rehman, who are publicly threatened by extremists

Some immediate steps that must immediately be taken include:

1. An urgent and meaningful shift in the long-standing policy of appeasing extremists, by the security establishment, the judiciary, the political class and much of the media, with a few honourable exceptions.

2. Hold accountable and charge under the law those who incite hatred and violence; zero tolerance for any public labeling of anyone as ‘blasphemer’, which in the current situation is an incitement to murder, even brazen declaration of criminal intent and commission of a crime. Some recent examples of such incitement are:
– Maulana Yousuf Qureshi, Imam of the Mohabbat Khan Mosque, Peshawar, announced a Rs 500,000 award for the murder of Asia Bibi if the Lahore High Court acquitted her of blasphemy (reported on December 3, 2010, a month prior to the murder of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer; some newspaperseven wrote editorials supporting this call for murder.)
– Banners placed at public places in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi-Islamabad by “Tehreek-e-Nifaz-Tableegh-e-Islam” terming Tehmina Durrani as Pakistan’s Taslima Nasreen and demanding that she be hanged. These must be removed forthwith and the organisation, and administrative officers who allowed these banners to be placed, proceeded against.

3. Prevent the rising number of ‘blasphemy’ cases being registered, by laying down and enforcing a law whereby no such cases may be registered without being inquired into by a judicial magistrate.

Individual endorsements (alphabetical), followed by organisational endorsements

A. Zuberi, Healthcare Research, Washington, DC, USA
A. H. Nayyar, Educationist, LUMS, Lahore, Pakistan
Aamer Saiyid, advocate, Karachi, Pakistan
Aasia Arif, Educationist, Karachi, Pakistan / NY, USA
Aazar Ayaz, The Researchers, Islamabad, Pakistan
Abbas Rashid, journalist, Lahore, Pakistan
Abdul Majeed, Student and activist, Lahore, Pakistan
Abdul Qayyum Khosa, Management Consultant . Toronto, Canada
Abu Bakr Agha, Student, University of Illinois, Chicago,IL/ Islamabad Pakistan
Adam Malik, Human Rights Activist, Islamabad, Pakistan
Adnan Adil, Senior Financial Analyst,  HBG Holdings, Private Equity/Investment, Dubai, UAE
Adnan Malik, Media/Filmmaker, Karachi, Pakistan
Aditya Mishra, Engineer, Houston. Texas, USA
Afaf ur Rehman, Student,  Montreal, Canada
Agha Imran Hamid, concerned citizen, Islamabad, Pakistan
Ahmad Ali Khalid, Writer, Columnist/Student,  Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K.
Ahmed Yusuf, journalist, Karachi, Pakistan
Ahsan P. Daredia, Student, Thinker, Activist, Carrollton, Texas, USA
Dr Aijaz Ilmi, Daily Siyasat Jadid, Kanpur, Lucknow, India
Aisha Gazdar, filmmaker, karachi, Pakistan
Dr Akmal Hussain, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan
Ali Ansari, Microblogger, Islamabad, Pakistan
Ali Raza, student, Oxford, U.K.
Ali Zeeshan Ijaz, Researcher, Daejeon, South Korea
ali zaidi, artist, curator MotiRoti, London, U.K.
Dr Alina Mirza, Public Health Specialist, Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
Aliya Salahuddin, filmmaker, London, U.K.
Aman Haque, corporate/commuincation executive, Karachi, Pakistan
Ambareen Kazim Thompson, Shehri, Karachi, Pakistan
Amena H. Saiyid, journalist, Washington DC, USA
Amima Sayeed, Educational Policy Researcher, Teachers’ Resource Centre, Karachi, Pakistan
Amjad Mirza, editor  “Taseer” magazine,  PPP UK Media Cell, Eastbourne, U.K.
Ammara Durrani, Project Director & Strategic Communications Specialist Ministry of Information & Broadcasting,  Islamabad, Pakistan
Amna Khalique, Features Editor/, Karachi, Pakistan
Dr. Amrita Chhachhi, sociologist, Holland and New Delhi, India
Asad Sayeed, economist, Karachi, Pakistan
Andy McCord, writer, New York, USA
Anis Haroon, Chairperson, National Commission on the Status of Women, Islamabad, Pakistan
Anis Dani, Development Practitioner, Virginia, USA
Anjali Monteiro, Academic and filmmaker, Mumbai, India
Anqa Zarish, URI youth ambassador 2011 (ASIA), Student, Sargodha, Pakistan
Anthony Parrott, Business Analyst, Reading, Berkshire, U.K.
Anushe Hassan, Student, University College London, U.K.
Arsalan Khan, PhD Candidate, Charlottesville, USA/Karachi, Pakistan
Arslan Younus, factory worker in Moss, Norway / Jhelum, Pakistan
Asif Saeed Memon, Graduate student, Washington, DC, USA
Dr Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History/ Director, Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University, USA
Ansar Burney, Expert Advisor on Human Rights at United Nations, Chairman; Ansar Burney Trust International, Karachi, Pakistan
Anwar Iqbal, Correspondent, Dawn, Washington, DC. USA
Arif Jamal, journalist and author, New York, USA
Arnold Xavier, student, Karachi, Pakistan
Asad Badruddin, Student, Karachi, Pakistan
Asad Jamal, advocate High Court, Lahore, Pakistan
Asif Alam, Trading Technology executive, New York, USA,
Asif Hanafi, Pakistani, Paris, France
Asma Jahangir, Chairperson Emeritus, Human Rights Commission of Ava Cowasjee, Businesswoman, Karachi, Pakistan
Ayesha Ijaz Khan, Lawyer/Columnist, London, U.K.
Ayesha Siddiqa, political analyst and author, Islamabad, Pakistan
Babar Sattar, lawyer/columnist, Islamabad, Pakistan
Baela Raza Jamil, Director Programs ITA,  Director Institute for Professional Learning,  Lahore, Pakistan
Basharat Saeed, Research Supervisor, International Growth Centre, Lahore, Pakistan
Beena Sarwar, journalist, Cambridge MA, USA / Karachi, Pakistan
Bemisal Iqbal, Student. Karachi. Pakistan
Bilal Zubedi, Writer, Karachi, Pakistan
Bina Shah, writer, Karachi, Pakistan
Bishop Dr. Ijaz Inayat Masih, Karachi, Church of Pakistan
Britta Petersen, Country Director, Heinrich Boell Stiftung, Lahore, Pakistan
Burhan Ahmad, Business Consultant, Karachi, Pakistan
Bushra Khaliq, Women Rights Activist, National Coordinator World March of Women, Lahore, Pakistan
Carla Sassi, University teacher, Verona, Italy
Cassandra Balchin, freelance researcher, London, U.K.
Chand Khurshid, home maker, Ontario, Canada
Chris Cork, Editorial consultant, ‘The News’, Resident in Bahawalpur, Pakistan
Cyrus Ghahramani, student, London, U.K.
Dania Khan , Graduate Student, Boston
David Barsamian, Director, Alternative Radio, Boulder, CO, USA
Dawood Mamoon, Director, Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development, Islamabad, Pakistan
Dohra Ahmad, teacher, Brooklyn, NY, USASr. Elizabeth Young, Port Augusta, Australia
Ethan Casey, writer,, Seattle, USA
Fahim Zaman Khan, former administrator Karachi City, Pakistan
Faiza Karamali, Teacher, Karachi, Pakistan
Farhad Mirza, Literature and Creative Writing Student, London, U.K.
Farhat Firdous, Aahung, Karachi, Pakistan
Farheen Hussain, Research Analyst, Lahore, Pakistan
Farid Alvie, media and marketing, Sharjah, UAE
Farieha Aziz, Journalist, Karachi, Pakistan
Farooq Tariq, spokesperson, Labour Party Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan
Fasi Zaka, Columnist, Islamabad, Pakistan
Fatima Mullick, Khudi Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan
Fatima Zafar, Social Worker, Multan, Pakistan
Fauzia Minallah, artist, Islamabad, Pakistan
Fauzia Rafiq, Author, Vancouver BC, Canada
Fauzia Tariq, Public Health professional, Washington, DC, USA
Fauzia Yazdani, The Consulting Researchers, Islamabad, Pakistan
Fawzia Afzal-Khan, profession and activist, theatre and gender studies, New York, USA
Fauzia Viqar, Shirkat Gah, Women’s Resource Centre, Pakistan
Feroze Jamal, senior executive, Karachi, Pakistan
Dr Georgie Wemyss, Lecturer, London, U.K.
Ghazal Asif Farrukhi, Student, Karachi, Pakistan
Dr. Ghazala Kazi, physician, West Virginia, USA
Ghulam Mustafa Lakho, advocate, High Court, Karachi, Pakistan
Gita Sahgal, Women Against Fundamentalism, London, UK
Gulalai Ismail, Chairperson, Aware Girls, Peshawar
Hala Bashir, Architect, Resettling the Indus, Lahore, Pakistan
Hamza Javaid, Student, Karachi, Pakistan
Haris Gazdar, researcher, Karachi, Pakistan
Hassan Ijaz Khan, Manager, Barclays Bank PLC
Hasan Zaidi, Filmmaker / Journalist, Karachi, Pakistan
Hassan Ijaz Khan, Manager, Barclays Bank PLC, Dubai, UAE
Hassan N. Gardezi, retired professor, Peterborough, ON, Canada
Hira Azmat, student, Lahore, Pakistan
Huma Rife, homemaker Indiana, USA
Husnain Lotia, architect, Karachi, Pakistan
I. A. Rehman, Director, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
Iffat Aslam, Development Consultant, Karachi, Pakistan
Iftikhar Ahmad, journalist & talk show host, Geo TV, Lahore, Pakistan
Prof. Dr. Ijaz Khan, Chairman, Department of International Relations, University of Peshawar,  Ijaz Syed, IT Consultant, San Jose, CA, USA
Ilyas Inderyas, Director, Al-Falah Without Walls, Quetta, Pakistan
Dr. Ilmana Fasih, Gynecologist and Health Activist, TABEER – EmpowerSHE, Mississauga Canada
Imaduddin Ahmed, Op ed writer & investor, Boston, USA
Imran Khan, Economist, Islamabad, Pakistan
Imtiaz Gul, Journalist / Executive Director, Centre for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan
Iram Shahzad, Human Resources Specialist, Washington DC, USA
Irfan Ali, President,  Human Rights Commission For Social Justice and Peace Quetta, Pakistan
Irfan Husain, columnist, Karachi, Pakistan
Ismet Jawwad, Artist Lahore, Pakistan
Iqbal Alavi, Irtiqa Institute of Social Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
Jacqueline Raza-Heyboer, embassy employee, Islamabad, Pakistan
Jennifer Bennett, Development Consultant, Islamabad, Pakistan
Jon Abbas, Management Consultant, Kazakhstan
Jonas Weltan, Graduate Student, Boston, USA
Joseph C. Gerson (PhD), educator/organizer, American Friends Service Committee, Boston, USA
Judith Extross, Personal Assistant, Karachi, Pakistan
Junaid Malik, Student, University of Waterloo, Canada
Junaid Zuberi, business executive, Karachi, Pakistan
S. Kamal Abdali, Consulting Scientist and Retired Professor,, Arlington, VA, USA
Kamran Chaudhry, Bureau Chief, Union of Catholic Asian News (The News Agency for the Churches of Asia), Lahore, Pakistan
Kamran Shafi, columnist, Wah, Pakistan
Kamyla Marvi, activist, Karachi, Pakistan
Kapil Raj, Professor, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Kaneez Fatima, community worker, Peshawar, Pakistan
Karamat Ali, Executive Director Piler, and Chairperson BOG Sungi Development Foundation, Karachi, Pakistan
Karl Jacoby, Professor and Acting Chair, Spring 2011, Department of History, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA
Kent Greenfield, Professor of Law and Law Fund Research Scholar, Boston College, (institution listed for identification purposes only), Newton, MA. USA
Khawar Mumtaz, CEO, Shirkat Gah Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan
Khurram Husain, journalist, Karachi, Pakistan
M.B.Ansari, artist, Holland
Madiha Tahir, journalist, Karachi, Pakistan
Mahbina Waheed, entrepreneur & activist, Lahore, Pakistan
Maheen Adamjee, journalist, Karachi, Pakistan
Maheen Usmani, freelance journalist, Paris, France
Mahnaz Nadeem, Lawyer, London, U.K.
Mahnaz Rahman, Resident Director, Aurat Foundation, Karachi, Pakistan
Mahvish Inayat, Student, London, U.K.
Maajid Nawaz, Founder of Khudi, London, U.K.
Majida Razvi, Justice (retired), Sindh High Court, Karachi, Pakistan
Malik Rashid, Taxi Driver, Toronto, Canada
Manahil Zafar, Student, Lahore, Pakistan
Manizhe Ali, Artist / Filmmaker, Karachi, Pakistan
Manzur Ejaz, columnist, Washington DC, USA
Marcus Eneland, Economist, Brussels
Mariam Bilgrami, Manager Projects – PeaceNiche/T2, Karachi, Pakistan
Mariam Faruqi, Lawyer/Researcher, London, U.K./Islamabad, Pakistan
Mariam Reza, Teacher, Karachi, Pakistan
Maryam Sadiq, Teacher, CEO NCAE, Lahore, Pakistan
Marvi Sirmed, independent columnist and rights activist, Islamabad, Pakistan
Maryana Haq, banker, Karachi, Pakistan
Masood Ashar, Editor Mashal Books(NGO). Former Editor Daily Imroze, Columnist, Fiction writer, Lahore, Pakistan
Masood Ashraf Raja, Professor (from Rawalpindi), Denton, TX USA
Dr Max Farrar, Emeritus Professor, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Mazhar Arif, Executive Director, Society for Alternative Media and Research (SAMAR), Islamabad, Pakistan
Mazher Hussain, Confederation of Voluntary Organisations (COVA), Hyderabad, India
Meera Ghani, Social and Environmental Activist, Brussels/Lahore, Pakistan
Mehwash S. Ansari, Publishing, Karachi, Pakistan
Mifrah Haq, student, Boston, USA
Mirza Ali, Pakistan Youth Outreach, Hunza, Pakistan
Muhammad Sultan, Researcher, London, U.K.
Mohammad Tahseen, South Asia Partnership, Pakistan
Mohsin Sayeed, journalist, Karachi, Pakistan
Moid Alam, Software Development Engineer, San Francisco, CA, USA
Mola Bux Leghari, Executive Director, SPEECH Development Organisation, Hyderabad, Pakistan
Moneir Aslam, Businessman, Islamabad, Pakistan
Mosharraf Zaidi, Columnist, Islamabad, Pakistan
Muhammad Yousuf Ahmad, Researcher, Montreal, Canada
Mohammed Hanif, journalist/writer. Karachi, Pakistan
Muhammed Malik, co-chair of the Miami-Dade Green Party, Florida, USA
Mumtaz Mughal, Regional Coordinator, Aurat Foundation, Lahore, Pakistan
Murtaza Khwaja, medical doctor, President, Zimmedar Shehri, Lahore, Pakistan
Naazish Ata-Ullah, artist, Lahore, Pakistan
Nadeem F. Paracha, journalist, Karachi, Pakistan
Naeem Sadiq, concerned citizen, Karachi, Pakistan
Naila Aziz Ahmed, Realtor (r), McLean, USA
Dr. Naila Baig-Ansari, Consultant Epidemiologist, Karachi, Pakistan
Najma Siddiqi, Sr. Sustainable Development Specialist, Washington DC, USA
Najmi Hasan, Master Mariner, Karachi, Pakistan
Nazia Ansari, civil society organisation worker, Islamabad, Pakistan
<strong>Nancy Bohrer, Attorney, Chicago, IL, USA
Nasser Ahmad, finance, Islamabad, Pakistan
Nasim Zehra, journalist and TV anchor, Islamabad, Pakistan
Nasir Arain, businessman, Karachi, Pakistan
Nasir Mansoor, National Trade Union Federation, Karachi, Pakistan
Naumana Suleman, human rights activist, Lahore, Pakistan
Nausheen Ahmad, Advocate, Karachi, Pakistan
Naveed Shinwari, Community Appraisal & Motivation Programme, Islamabad, Pakistan
Naveen Naqvi, Cofounder, Karachi, Pakistan
Naveen Qayyum, communicator, Khanewal, Pakistan
Nayab Shah, Student, Lahore, Pakistan
Naziha Syed Ali, journalist, Karachi
Niilofur Farrukh, Art Critic/ Art Activist, Karachi, Pakistan
Noman Quadri, student, Karachi, Pakistan
Nughma Siddiqi Hillfram, Businesswoman, Karachi, Pakistan
Nuzhat Aziz Ahmad, Physician, Philadelphia, USA / Karachi, Pakistan
Nuzhat Kidvai, Women’s Action Forum, Karachi, Pakistan
Omar Ali MD, Doctor, Wisconsin, USA
Omer Iqbal, Student, Singapore
Omer Tariq, Consultant, London, UK
Pamela Rodrigues, Development Worker, Karachi, Pakistan
Prisca Benelli, Graduate student, Boston, USA
Qamarullah Choudhri, Journalist, APP Islamabad, Pakistan
Rachel Smith, Graduate Student, Boston, USA
Raheel Raza, Activist. Toronto, Canada
Rakshanda Anderson, Legal Secretary, London, United Kingdom
Rao Abid Hamid, human rights activist & retired armed services officer, Lahore, Pakistan
Rashid Rehman, Advocate High Court, Multan, Pakistan
Dr Ravikumar Stephen J,, Management Consultant, Madras, Tamizh Nadu, India
Raza Rumi, editor, columnist, Lahore, Pakistan
Rehan Hussain, Student, Cambridge, U.K.
Rehana Hakim, Editor Newsline, Karachi, Pakistan
Rehmat Ebrahim, Education and Learning, Karachi, Pakistan
Rida Tahir, content writer, Karachi, Pakistan
Rija Rasul, Student, University of Toronto, Canada
Roland deSouza, Engineer, Karachi, Pakistan
Roha Daud, Student, Pakistan
Rwail Sirmed, student, grade 6, Islamabad, Pakistan
Dr. S. Akhtar Ehtisham, P.O. Box 469, Bath NY, USA
Saadia Haq, Journalist and Trainer, Islamabad, Pakistan
Saba Hamid, Artiste, Lahore, Pakistan
Saba Quraishi, Human rights activist/Artist, Connecticut, USA
Sabahat Ashraf (“iFaqeer”); Communicator, Fremont, California, USA
Sabeen Mahmud, Founder/Director, PeaceNiche, Karachi, Pakistan
Saeed Ahmed Rid, Past Rotary World Peace Fellow 2004-06,  Commonwealth Scholar 2009-12, Ph.D. Peace Studies,  Univeristy of Bradford, U.K.
Saeed A. Rana, Consultant (Engineering), Potomac, Maryland, U.S.A
Saeeda Diep, peace activist & educationist, Lahore, Pakistan
Safina Javed, Human Right Activist, Pakistan
Safia Beg, classical vocalist, Karachi, Pakistan
Sahar Ali, NGO executive, Karachi, Pakistan
Saif Karamali, Director, Checkseal Production house Pvt Ltd, Karachi, Pakistan
Saima Deen, Nieman Affiliate, Cambridge MA, USA
Samia Haque, Professional, Islamabad, Pakistan
Sajjad Anwar, Image Management Consultant, Lahore, Pakistan
Saleha Haque, Researcher, Islamabad, Pakistan
Prof. Salima Hashmi, Dean, School of Visual Arts and Design, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan
Dr. Salman Ahmad, Artist, UN Goodwill Ambassador & Activist, New York, USA
Salman Javaid, Student, Lahore, Pakistan
Salman Mani, Area Manager World Call, Lahore, Pakistan
Salman Naveed Khan, Quality, Health, Safety & Environment Consultant, Lahore, Pakistan /Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Samar Farooqui, Housewife, Toronto, Canada
Samar Minallah, filmmaker, Islamabad, Pakistan
Sameen Khan, research analyst, Washington, DC, USA
Sameer Hamid Dodhy, Managing Committee member – Shehri-CBE, Karachi, Pakistan
Sameera Raja, Founder / Curator, Canvas Gallery, Karachi,
Dr. Samina Ahmad, Co-founder and CEO of SSGWI,New York, USA
Samina Noman, Lawyer/Mediator, Karachi, Pakistan
Samina Rahman, Educationist, Lahore, Pakistan
Samreen Shahbaz, student, Lahore, Pakistan
Sana Abid, Law student, East Lansing, MI, USA
Sana Jafrani, concerned citizen, Karachi, Pakistan
Sana Saleem, journalist and medical student, Karachi, Pakistan
Sarah Suhail, Lawyer, Lahore, Pakistan
Prof. Dr. Sarfarz Khan, Director, Area Study Centre, University of Peshawar, Pakistan
Saroop Ijaz, Lawyer, Lahore, Pakistan
Sarwat Amir, Banker, Karachi, Pakistan
Sattar Rind, writer, Hyderabad, Pakistan
Shabina Ayaz, Resident Director, Aurat Foundation, Peshawar, Pakistan
Sehba Sarwar, writer, artist, Houston, USA/ Karachi, Pakistan
Sehar Zaman, housewife, Dubai, UAE
Sehar Sarah, Graduate student, New York University, USA
M. Shafiul Huq, Chartered Accountant/ Business, Karachi, Pakistan
Shafqat Mahmood, writer, The News, Jang, and former Senator, Lahore, Pakistan
Shahvaar Ali Khan, writer, songwriter-singer, ad man, Lahore, Pakistan
Shahid H. Batalvi, VP – Technology Strategy, Nexius Solutions Inc., Reston, VA, USA
Shahid Saeed, Student, Champaign, USA
Shamsi Qurashi, educator, Manila, Philippines
Shamsul Alam, Lecturer, London, U.K.
Shandana Mohmand, Student, U.K.
Shayan Afzal Khan, social entrepreneur, Islamabad, Pakistan
Shazre Quamber, Associate in Assurance, London, UK /Islamabad, Pakistan
Sheheryar Channah, IT Consultant, Brussels, Belgium
Shehrbano Taseer, journalist, Lahore Pakistan
Shifa S Khan, VP Projects – Thali, Islamabad, Pakistan
Shriprakash, Film activist, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Shivam Vij, journalist, New Delhi, India
Shoaib Mir, communication consultant and creative writer, Lahore
Shumaila Hussain Shahani, 18 year old female student from a Sindh Tribal family (whose life was changed by education), Pakistan
Siraj Khan, world citizen. Non-profit management,  Boston, USA
Sofia Hamdani Checa, Graduate Student, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA
Sohail Ansari, President, The World Sindhi Institute, Sindh International Network for Democracy and Human Rights (SINDH-Rights), USA
Sophia M. Malik, Freelance Consultant, Bedford, U.K.
Soulat Pasha, private service, Karachi, Pakistan
Stuart Schaar, Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College CUNY, NY, USA
Suhayl Saadi, Writer, Glasgow, Scotland
Syed Asim Bokhari, Student. Lahore, Pakistan
Syed Junaid, Musician/Photographer, Lahore
Syed Nadir El-Edroos, Teacher, London, UK
Syed Yasir Husain, Media Theorist & Artist, Karachi, Pakistan
Syeda Quratulain Masood, Concerned Citizen, Karachi, Pakistan
T. J. Alvie, Concerned Overseas Pakistani, Sharjah, U.A.E.
T. S. Bokhari, retired, Islamabad, Pakistan
Talib Baweja, Student, Toronto, Canada
Talib QizilbashWriter and Online Editor,
Karachi, Pakistan, Writer and Online Editor, Newsline, Karachi, Pakistan
Tahir Sheikh, businessman, Lahore, Pakistan / Northampton, MA, USA
Tahira Abdullah, women & human rights activist, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tahira Mussarat Hussain, activist, humanrights lawyer, Washington DC, USA
Tahira Noor, Manager, Media/Communication/Advocacy, National Commission on the Status of Women, Government of Pakistan
Tanya Daud, Freelance Journalist, Karachi, Pakistan
Thangam Ravindranathan, Assistant Professor,  Department of French Studies, Brown, University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Dr. Taimur Rahman, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan
Tauheed Ahmed, Systems Analyst, Washington DC, USA
Dr Toqeer Gilani, Secretary information Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF)
Tracey Wagner-Rizvi, Student, Waterloo, Canada and Islamabad, Pakistan
Umair Arif, Commissary Incharge, Karachi, Pakistan
Umber Khairi, journalist, London, U.K.
Urooj Zia, journalist, Karachi, Pakistan
Usman Qazi, Visiting Professor, Dept. of Biology, School of Science & Engineering, LUMS, Lahore, Pakistan
Uzma Noorani, Member Working Committee, Womens’ Action Forum, Karachi
Valerie Hopkins, International Organization, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Varda Nisar, Student, Karachi
Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar, Associate Professor, Dept. of History, Brown University, USA
Dr. Waqar Saleem, Post-doc researcher, Jena, Germany
Waqas Ali, Indo-Pak Peace Media, Lahore, Pakistan
Waqas Khwaja, Professor of English, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA, USA
Yasir Latif, Researcher, Zaragoza, Spain
Yasser Latif Hamdani, Lawyer, Lahore, Pakistan
Yasser Kureshi, Student, Boston, USA
Yoginder Sikand, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, India
Younas Chowdhry, Director, Laal theatre, Pakistan
Yousaf Benjamin, Coordinator, NCJP, National office, Lahore, Pakistan
Zaheer A Kidvai, educationist, Karachi, Pakistan
Zahid Makhdoom, Justice, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Zar Ali Khan Afridi, ChairmanTribal NGOs Consortium, Peshawar, Pakistan
Zafar Ahmed, Reston Virginia, USA
Zain Hasan, Student of International Relations, Karachi, Pakistan
Zainab Abbas, student, Karachi, Pakistan
Prof. Zakia Sarwar, educator and teacher trainer, Karachi, Pakistan
Zarminae Ansari, Architect/ writer. Islamabad, Pakistan
Zebunnisa Burki, Editor, New York, USA
Zohair Ali Nanjiani, Neurologist,  Karachi, Pakistan
Zoya Rehman, Assistant Project Manager, advertising, Lahore, Pakistan
Zulfiqar Shah, Movement for Peace and Tolerance, Hyderabad, Pakistan

Organisational endorsements from CFD supporting organisations include:
Professional Organisations Mazdoor Federations & Hari Joint Committee – POJAC, an umbrella organisation including: 1. Sindh High Court Bar Association; 2. Pakistan Medical Association (PMA); 3. All Pakistan Newspaper Employees Confederation (APNEC); 4. Mutahida Labour Federation; 5. Karachi Union of Journalists; 6. Pakistan Workers Federation; 7. All Pakistan Trade Union Federation (APTUF); 8. All Pakistan Clerk Association; 9. Democratic Labour Union State Bank of Pakistan; 10. UBL Workmen Union (CBA); 11. National Bank Trade Union Federation; 12. Karachi Bar Association; 13. Pakistan Nursing Federation; 14. National Trade Union Federation; 15. Sindh Hari Committee; 16. Govt. Sec. Teachers Association; 17. Pakistan Hotel And Restaurant Workers Federation; 18. Mehran Mazdoor Federation; 19. All Sindh Primary Teachers Association; 20. Sindh Professor Lecturer Association; 21. Malir Bar Association, Karachi; 22. Pakistan Trade Union Federation (PTUF); 23. Railway Workers Union Open Line (cba) Workshop; 24. Mehran Railway Employees Welfare Association; 25. All Pakistan Trade Unions Organisations; CFD members and those endorsing the above statement also include: 26. Awami Party; 27. Labour Party Pakistan (LPP); 28. Progressive Youth Front (PYF); 29. Communist Party Pakistan (CPP); 30. Peace and Solidarity Council; 31. Pakistan Institute of Labour, Education & Research (Piler); 32. Action Committee for Human Rights; 33. Dalit Front; 34. National NCommission for Justice and Peace (CJP); 35. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP); 36. Caritas; 37. Aurat Foundation; 38. Women’s Action Forum (WAF); 39. People’s Resistance; 40. Sindh Awami Sangat; 41. National Organisation of Working Committees; 42. Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF); 43. Child and Labour Rights Welfare Organisation; 44. Progressive Writers Association (PWA); 45. Port Workers Federation; 46. Shirkat Gah; 47. Pakistan Peace Coalition (PPC); 48. Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA); 49. Sanjan Nagar Public Education Trust  (SNPET);  50. Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network (PDSN); 51. Sindh Democratic Forum (SDF); 52. SAP-Pakistan; 53. AwazCDS-Pakistan; 54. GCAP-Pakistan; 55. Home Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF); 56. Labour Education Foundation (LEF); 57. Progressive Youth Forum; 58. National Students’ Federation (NSF); 59. The Researchers; 60. Tehrik-e-Niswan; 61. Democratic Commission for Human Development (DCHD); 62. Crises Support Group of Residents for Defence and Clifton, Karachi; 63. Baaghi: A blog for secular Pakistan; 64. Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party (CMKP); 65. Ansar Burney Trust International; 66. Viewpoint International; 67. Pakistan Youth Alliance; 68. Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI); 69. Youth Together for Human Rights Education (YTHRE); 70. The Institute for Social Movements (ISM); 71 South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-Pk); 72. Institute for Development Initiatives; 73. Shehri-CBE; 74. Institute for Peace and Secular studies; 75. Youth Parliament of Pakistan; 76. Pattan; 77. Awami Jamhoori Forum; 78. Community Development Initiative (CDI), 79. South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD); 80. Resettling the Indus (architects); 81. Asia Center for the Progress of Peoples (ACPP; 82. Laal; 83. SPACE: Sufism for Peace And Co-Existence, Lahore, Pakistan and London, U.K.; 84. Khudi, Lahore & Islamabad.